By the Numbers

Story by Troy Weiman

Iowa quarterback Nate Stanley (4) huddles with his team during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Penn State Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, in Iowa City, Iowa. Penn State won 21-19. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

A look at what the 2017 Iowa Hawkeyes accomplished

By Troy Weiman

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Describing a five-month, 13-game college football season in just one word is often not the easiest task.

The 8-5 Iowa Hawkeyes may be the toughest team to define in 2017. The best I can do is call the season what it was.

2017 was imperfect.

There was plenty of good that happened for the Hawkeyes. Examples include the comeback victory in overtime at rival Iowa State and the resounding 55-24 victory over No. 3 Ohio State.

Of course, there were some low points, such as the 66 total yards effort at Wisconsin, and the senior day letdown versus Purdue.

2017 was imperfect.

The good included Josey Jewell cementing his legacy as one of the best Hawkeye linebackers to date, and Akrum Wadley jump-cutting his way into Hawkeye lore.

The bad included road loses to Michigan State and Northwestern in low scoring games, and the heartbreaker versus No. 4 Penn State on the game’s final play.

Flashes of greatness shined bright, but dark curtains of disappointment were also quick to close.

2017 was imperfect.

There was plenty to cheer about, and many reasons to be proud of the Hawkeye gridiron men. This season won’t go down as the greatest or most memorable in program history, but it certainly won’t be looked down on as a failure either.

Here are some of the numbers, team and individual, the Hawkeyes provided us in 2017, starting with something more important than football:

The Kinnick Wave

70,000+ fans wave to patients at Stead Family Children’s Hospital

Disney Spirit Award

Dubbed “Best New Tradition in Sports”

 

Head Coach Kirk Ferentz

143 career victories, ties Hayden Fry for most in program history

143 wins, fifth in Big Ten history

7-8 in bowl games since 2001, only Ohio State (8) has more in Big Ten

 

Akrum Wadley

3,904 career all-purpose yards, ninth program history

2, 872 career rush yards, fifth program history

35 career total touchdowns, tied second program history

28 career rush touchdowns, fourth program history

Iowa bowl record 171 kickoff return yards

Pinstripe Bowl MVP

 

Josey Jewell

Unanimous All-American selection

Butkus-Fitzgerald Big Ten Linebacker of the Year

Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year

Jack Lambert Award

LOTT Impact Award

437 career tackles, fourth program history

136 tackles in 2017, career high and most since Pat Angerer in 2009 (145)

 

Josh Jackson

Unanimous All-American selection

Jim Thorpe Award finalist

Tatum-Woodson Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year

Jack Tatum Award

8 INTs this season, tied most program history (D. King, L. King, N. Kinnick)

8 INT this season, leads nation

26 passes defended, leads nation

2.0 passes defended/game, leads nation

 

Matt VandeBerg

54 career games, most program history

134 career receptions, 10th program history

1,686 career receiving yards, 15th program history

32 consecutive games with at least one reception

 

Nate Stanley

26 TD passes this season, tied second program history (C. Long, 27 in 1985)

 

Noah Fant

11 TD receptions this season, team high

Most TD receptions since Marvin McNutt (12) in 2012

11 TD receptions, tied 11th in nation, leads Big Ten

 

First Team All-Big Ten

Josey Jewell (sr. LB)

Josh Jackson (jr. CB)

 

Second Team All-Big Ten

Sean Welsh (sr., OL), [First Team Media Selection]

 

Third Team All-Big Ten

Akrum Wadley (sr. RB)

Noah Fant (so. TE)

 

Honorable Mention Big Ten

James Daniels (jr. C)

Nathan Bazata (sr. DT)

Ben Niemann (sr. LB)

Anthony Nelson (so. DE); [Third Team Media Selection]

 

Big Ten Sportsmanship Honorees

Miles Taylor (sr. S)

 

Team

21 INTs this season, leads nation

5 INTs returned for TDs, tied fourth in nation

Ended 5-game bowl losing skid, win over Boston College in Pinstripe Bowl

4 trophy victories (Cy-Hawk, Floyd of Rosedale, Heroes, Pinstripe)

Defeated No. 3 Ohio State 55-24, first win over OSU since 2004

Improved to 4-1 last 5 games vs AP Top (19-21 L vs PSU; 55-24 W vs OSU)

 

Senior Class

35 wins last four years, 28 wins last three years

 

The 2018 Iowa football season kicks off on September 1 against Northern Illinois at Kinnick Stadium. What it will bring is anyone’s guess.

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